Tadeusz Chmielewski, author of the script and also director of the war comedy ‘Gdzie jest generał…’ (1963), chose the western territories of Poland as a setting for the film. The whole story is set in 1945.
Private Wacław Orzeszko, played by Jerzy Turek (back then, he was a relatively unknown actor), is an exceptional loser, and the rest of his unit has nicknamed him ‘Jonah’ – a bringer of bad luck. His senior officer has told on multiple occasions that he is not welcome as part of his unit. Orzeszko takes offence and decides to go AWOL, hiding in an abandoned castle nearby.
He soon discovers that there are others in the castle, too: a German general hiding from the approaching Soviet Army, and Marusia, a lively Red Army soldier (played by Elżbieta Czyżewska), entrusted with guarding a wine cellar. They say that opposites attract: he is lazybones and she is more of an Amazon type, so when the two of them bump into each other, there will surely be a lot of fun.
As a result, Orzeszko, now officially a deserter, takes the German general prisoner, while the German army is looking everywhere for him.
We can see the surroundings of Kożuchów, in a number of scenes shot in the film.
Information on the film
Gdzie jest generał…
Poland, 1963, 92′
Directed by: Tadeusz Chmielewski
Screenplay: Tadeusz Chmielewski
Cinematography: Jerzy Stawicki
Music: Józef Świder
Produced by: Zespół Filmowy Start
Cast: Elżbieta Czyżewska, Jerzy Turek, Bolesław Płotnicki, Stanisław Milski, Roman Bartosiewicz, and others.